Sun, 9 April 2017
Today you’ll learn some English expressions about the sea.
First we havea an email from Becky
Voice message from Juan from Jaen (the World Capital of Olive Oil - known by locals as liquid gold.)
Comment on the blog from Roberto about episode 141 when we spoke about “Go to hell!” / “Get lost!” / “Get out of here!” - ¡Vete al carajo!
I think they used to send out crows to find land. (crow - cuervo)
Thanks also to Marcelo Fernandez who sent an explanation and a picture of a crow’s nest on a ship. It’s in the show notes.
Other nautical expressions:
It’ll be smooth sailing from here on (also ‘plain sailing’) - easy progress. No big waves or rough sea.
Rock the boat - to do or say something that will upset people or cause trouble. Don’t rock the boat / Don’t make waves.
Like ships that pass in the night - people who meet for a brief but intense moment and then part, never to see each other again. Has that ever happened to you?
That ship has sailed - an opportunity that has passed or a situation that can no longer be changed. - You've missed the boat.
"three sheets to the wind" - someone who has had too much to drink. It comes from a term that originally described a ship in a complete mess, with its sails flapping and moving around in the wind.
"Taking the wind out of someone's sails" means beating them in an argument, or making them feel less confident in their actions.
Between the devil and the deep blue sea (between a rock and a hard place) - entre la espada y la pared - When you face a dilemma. - Going to the dentist - if you go you suffer, and if you don't go you suffer!
"knowing the ropes," - someone is competent at what they do. The statement, printed on a seaman's discharge, indicated that he knew the main uses of the ropes on a ship. Yet rather than indicating that the sailor was a master, the phrase meant that he was a novice who only knew the basics of sailing.
Not the only fish in the sea / There are plenty of fish in the sea. (not the only pebble on the beach). Plenty of other suitable people, especially for a romantic relationship.
...and now it's your turn to practise your English. Do you have a question for us or an idea for a future episode?
Video feedback from Andres, Aarón and Mikel from Costa Rica - Love the pineapples in the background!
Are you aware of/conscious of the 90 second time limit on Speakpipe?
Conscious suggests being generally aware of the world around you.
Consciousness comes from one or some of the five senses. It’s a state (subconscious, unconscious - not awake, passed out - desmayado/a, inconsciente)
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On next week's episode: Words in the News
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